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  • 31 January 2018

    Profile: Dr Maria Markoulli: I’ve been singing in a choir since 2012. At that time, I’d just finished my PhD and really craved a musical group environment. Attending my first rehearsal was a bit nerve wracking. Part of me was worried that I would embarrass myself and never come back. But on the contrary, choir turned out to be an amazing experience.

  • 16 January 2018

    The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) Dry Eye Workshop II (DEWSII) two page summary on Dry Eye Disease is now available here. The full TFOS DEWSII workshop reports are available for download from the TFOS website.

  • 3 January 2018

    Would you be interested in hosting a final year UNSW optometry student for a clinical placement during 2018? We are seeking practices to host a student for a 6-week clinical placement in the greater Sydney area. This is a new placement program for 2018 where the primary aim is for students to examine (under supervision) at least 50 patients during the 6-week period. 

Seminars and Events

  • Feb

    Calling all new 2018 undergraduate students! We will be holding our School Welcome on Wednesday 21 February 2018 from 2pm to 4pm in the Physics Lecture Theatre - K14 on the campus map. Following a short talk and introduction to our staff, you will be invited to tour our facilities with our 2018 Peer Mentoring Team concluding with a School BBQ to meet and mingle with your new peers.

  • Mar

    Professor Branka Spehar from the UNSW School of Psychology kicks off the Vaegan Seminar Series for 2018. SOVS is delighted to have Professor Spehar give a lecture titled "The Pleasure of Seeing" at 12pm on Friday 2 March 2018 at the School of Optometry and Vision Science. All students, colleagues, general public welcome to attend.

Research Spotlight

The 2017 meeting of the American Academy of Optometry was held at the McCormick Place Convention Centre in Chicago, Illinois. This year marked the 96th annual meeting of the Academy, with the highlight of the “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Practice” plenary session being “The Eye As a Mirror to the Brain”, with presentations in the session by Dr Robert Sergott of the Wills Eye Hospital, Dr Christopher Hudson from the University of Waterloo and Dr Marina Bedny from Johns Hopkins University.

The School was well represented at the meeting, with staff and students from the School, the Centre for Eye Health (CfEH) and the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) all attending and participating in the conference. In total, nine posters were presented by members of staff and students from the School, CfEH and BHVI throughout the course of the meeting, on topics ranging from sensitivity of astigmats to variations in cylinder corrections, aberration profiles of Asian and Caucasian myopic eyes, imaging effects in macular disease diagnosis, order effects of left and right eye-hand coordination tests and complementary and alternative medicine in Australian optometric practice. Centre for Eye Health Director Professor Michael Kalloniatis was selected to present in the AAO press conference as well as in the hot topics in Glaucoma session. Daniel Tilia moderated and presented in a paper session on contact lenses. Professor Mark Willcox, Dr Isabelle Jalbert and Elizabeth Wong also all presented their latest research on antibacterial contact lenses, eye care practitioner’s perspectives on Age Related Macular Degeneration and the use of OCT in differential diagnosis of elevated optic discs in paper sessions. Finally, Jack Phu was also invited to present on his graduate research at the Optometric Glaucoma Society meeting as the immediate past OGS Ezell Fellow.